From luxury furniture shops and art galleries to indie boutiques and local liquor stores, the Valley is a shopper’s paradise.
138 W. Main St., Mesa, 602-865-9702, facebook.com/buckhorn-vintage
Cristin Clark has always had an eye for vintage. She curates items from sources all over Arizona and brings back her favorite pieces to her Mesa storefront, where she personally stages them. Clark specializes in ’60s and ’70s finds for a funky mix of bohemian, retro and mid-century modern.
7044 E. Fifth Ave., Scottsdale, 480-946-3903, buffalocollection.com
The custom, cowboy-style furniture at this Old Town Scottsdale emporium is upholstered with buffalo leather, sourced as a byproduct of the Colorado buffalo meat industry. Owners Michael and Laura Levenberg will steer the bison-curious through the process, with “branded” offerings like Western wingback chairs and footstools.
Multiple locations, copenhagenliving.com
Many people are surprised to learn that this internationally renowned brand is based in Phoenix. The furniture, lighting and art emporium is dedicated to contemporary design with European flair – the legacy of Danes Erik Vinther Hansen and Tony Christensen, who founded Copenhagen in 1970. It remains a destination for shoppers who prefer a Scandinavian aesthetic for their sofas, dressers, dining tables and desks, all available at multiple price points.
Dig It Gardens
3015 N. 16th St., Phoenix, 602-812-7476, digphx.com
If we had to come up with a quarantine motto, it would be “Bloom where you’re planted.” With veggie starters, big and small cactus, bushes, trees and all kinds of ideas for what to do with your green bounty, Dig It Gardens is an oasis in the center of the city.
For the People
5102 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-954-4009, forthepeoplestore.com
This Uptown furniture/décor/stationery triple threat is quite possibly the only spot in town where keen-eyed aesthetes might find Italian-designed dinosaur-shaped desk lamps alongside locally crafted pop art prints and Bauhaus-inspired jewelry. That’s all by design for shop owners Shawn Silberblatt and Chad Campbell.
Frank Lloyd Wright Store at Taliesin West
12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale, 480-627-5398, franklloydwright.org/shop
Don’t call it a gift shop. Taliesin West’s on-site store is closer to a high-end home design boutique or an art gallery than a purveyor of schlocky tchotchkes. Where else can you find a lounge chair incorporating Wright’s iconic geometry, a hand-knotted rug depicting a desert landscape and ceramic planters inspired by the seasons?
1109 N.W. Grand Ave., Phoenix, 602-790-8365
We’ve been waiting for a shop like this one owned by Phoenix firefighter Greg Hawk for years – a place where we can find vintage medical equipment, antique curio cabinets and all kinds of other things we never knew we needed, like chalk figures and old maps. Hours vary and so does the selection, which means frequent trips are advised.
MADE art boutique
922 N. Fifth St., Phoenix, 602-256-6233, madephx.com
One of Roosevelt Row’s most iconic and oldest shops (established 2005) showcases an ever-changing lineup of entirely locally made goods. Stock up on ceramics, candles, cutting boards and coasters. MADE also maintains an impressive inventory of art for every budget, from $6 copper-enamel flowers to waterfcolor paintings and embroidery art (by owner Cindy Dach!) selling for hundreds of dollars.
4130 N. Seventh Ave., Phoenix, 602-266-3376, modernmanorphx.com
Modern Manor has become the hot spot for mid-century modern furnishings, stocking everything from rosewood and teak credenzas to leather lounge chairs by Danish designer Baumritter. A smattering of local art brings the “modern” part into focus. Professional home staging, interior design, commercial design and studios are also available. On-site restaurant and coffee shop Valentine drew a rave review from our dining critic.
Now or Never
1001 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 480-676-0076, nowornever.shop
Roosevelt Row recently welcomed this one-of-a-kind boutique. Customers can find popular designers such as COMME des GARÇONS, MM6 Maison Margiela, KARA and Rachel Comey. It also has a shop-in-shop partnership with iconic Italian furniture brand Kartell.
5070 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-264-1414, practical-art.com
Photographer Lisa Olson has created a shopping and gallery space with a 100 percent local-made inventory, including curios such as Aaron Voigt’s robot banks. Stock your kitchen with handmade items like Dan Basinski’s wooden utensil set and Clark Martinek’s forged iron twist cheese cutter, or adorn your body with handcrafted wooden jewelry like saguaro earrings and Arizona silhouette necklaces.
1025 N.W. Grand Ave., Phoenix, 602-695-0834, pueblo.life/phoenix
If house plant collecting is the newest basic hobby, sign us up and call us all the names you want. We’re hooked – and we’re spending far too much time loitering in Pueblo, looking for our latest fix in the form of an air plant or even something we have to stick in dirt.
Rare Earth Gallery
6401 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, 480-575-4360, rareearthgallerycc.com
Rare Earth Gallery showcases Mother Nature’s treasure chest. Customers are regularly floored by the sheer volume of gems, geodes, jewelry, precious metals, glass art, fossils and petrified wood at rock hound Wayne Helfand’s shop.
Steiner’s Amish Furniture
10722 N.W. Grand Ave., Sun City, 623-974-1745, safaz.net
Handmade by Amish craftspeople, the pieces here are built to last, and priced to match. They’re worth it if you can afford them; if not, the place is still worth visiting for its selection of Back East goodies.
Tierra Del Lagarto
15330 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, 480-609-1289, tierradellagarto.com
For the past 20 years, the Van Lith family has made an annual pilgrimage to Morocco to source products directly from craftspeople and artisans for their Scottsdale home furnishings and décor shop. They travel to India, Indonesia, Turkey, Mexico and Guatemala, too. You’ll find goodies including Moroccan pendant lamps and Turkish kilim pillows.
5027 N. 44th St., Phoenix, 602-957-5066, urbanashop.com
This snug Arcadia luxury home shop has a millennial-chic aesthetic. Here, you will find floral tea sets, lacquered trays striped black and white, and brassy chandeliers festooned with glass globes. UrbAna stocks furniture, fixtures and high-end goods for every room in the house. It’s an excellent place for gifts.
The Vintage Arizona
10637 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix, 602-323-4917, facebook.com/thevintagearizona
How many thrift stores give you a side of history with your purchase? You don’t even need to set foot in The Vintage Arizona to know it’s special. Check it out @thevintagearizona on Instagram for background on everything from Pyrex to AZ-centric treasures – then head to the shop.
Wild Holly Gallery
22 Easy St., Carefree, 480-595-8757, wildhollygallery.com
When Holly Pagliaro-Bergman opened her Carefree gallery, she focused on garden art and water features. Her love for American art soon diversified and increased her offerings, and the space has bloomed to almost 5,000 square feet showcasing American artists of every persuasion. You’ll find an array of paintings (Western, contemporary, abstract, realistic), sculpture, pottery, wood art, furniture, jewelry and sartorial art, from clothing and scarves to hats and handbags.